RENAULT KOLEOS USER REVIEWS
The Renault-Nissan QM5 Koleos is definitely one of the most underrated and undersold family SUV's in Australia. I love its quiet and comfortable competence, its cornering ability, its powerful engine, its reliability and its overall fit and finish. Event the basic model that I have owned and driven for most of this year offers a range of features and benefits superior to other comparable models in its price range. (I suggest you consult the specification sheet for a full list of what this vehicle, in its various iterations, has to offer you. You will be amazed!) And most valuable of all, to me personally, is the 5x5x5 peace-of-mind surety that comes with every Koleos, namely: 5 star SAFETY rating, 5 year WARRANTY, PLUS 5 year free ROADSIDE assist backup anywhere in Australia.
In short, it is not only the superb drivability of the Renault Koleos that impresses me every time I use it, but also the assurance that its creators have sufficient confidence in their product to back it to the hilt. I find that immensely reassuring.
I wholeheartedly recommend the Koleos. It may be a little different to what everyone else drives, but that is part of it's charm, and I love the perceived exclusivity it provides. My friends think I am rich to be able to afford this fine vehicle.
While the new model looks good, I can't complain about the front end on the '09 model. I don't approve of having the best looking interior (beige) available only on Privilege grade as an option only, it should be available on the intermediate model. Black is so boring and hot. The standard glasshouse roof makes the car dreadfully hot in summer, it's annoying that it's standard on Privilege (I have one but didn't want it, it was fitted to car and trade-in was a deal-breaker). The HID headlights being standard is great, although I have found that the standard non-HID lights are good. The ancient Nissan 2.5 engine is a disappointing both in power and especially fuel economy, and it's slack that it has been retained unchanged for 2012. Economy is poor, I use 91 or 91E as economy was slightly better than on the expensive 95 (dealer suggested I use 98 when I complained about economy!). The fact that this is the only engine available in Privilege grade is astounding, especially considering you'll pay over $50k to get a crap motor inside luxury trimmings. I have my car serviced quite cheaply at local Nissan dealer although they can't do warranty work such as fixing the ridiculously inaccurate ambient temp gauge. The /factory/ floor mats are absolute rubbish, particularly the one for cargo bay, especially considering their cost, and the $1000 towbar needed workshop attention. My car has 3 year warranty, dealer offered 6 years but it had to be serviced there- and it's 1100km from my home! Given that they offer /interest free loans/ for servicing, they probably charge like wounded bulls. My local Nissan dealer chages around $200. High points- handling, comfort, interior appearance. The new for 2012 bronze colour looks fabulous.